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Rep. Grayson on GOP plan: If you get sick, ‘die quickly’

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As debate rages over Democratic proposals for health care reform, Republicans have been coy when it comes to revealing their own ideas. However, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) believes he has the GOP plan figured out.

“It’s my duty and pride tonight to be able to announce exactly what the Republicans plan to do for health care in America,” Grayson announced Tuesday in a speech on the floor of the House. “It’s a very simple plan.”

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Grayson then displayed a sign saying, “The Republican health care plan: 1. Don’t get sick.”

“But I think that the Republicans understand that that plan isn’t always going to work,” Grayson continued. “It’s not a fool-proof plan. So the Republicans have a back-up plan in case you do get sick,”

Grayson revealed two more signs, saying, “2. And if you do get sick . . . 3. DIE QUICKLY.”

Grayson, who was elected to Congress just last fall after running a successful campaign against a Republican incumbent, has already made waves by aggressively questioning aspects of the bailout and the actions of the Federal Reserve.

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His latest salvo already has Republicans demanding an apology. Rep. Jimmy Duncan (R-TN) even called Grayson’s speech “about the most mean-spirited partisan statement that I’ve ever heard made on this floor.”

Any response from Grayson, however, is likely to just get the GOP riled up further. Last spring, after calling Rush Limbaugh “a has-been hypocrite loser, who craves attention,” Grayson followed up with a mock-apology in which he stated, “I’m sorry that Limbaugh is one sorry excuse for a human being.”

This video is from C-SPAN, broadcast Sept. 29, 2009.

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How The Hill’s John Solomon helped Rudy Giuliani spread his Ukraine conspiracies

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After John Solomon ran columns in The Hill that touched off a disinformation campaign against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, the publication had discussions with Rudy Giuliani about a business venture.

As ProPublica revealed last month, Giuliani associate Lev Parnas had helped arrange an interview Solomon conducted with a Ukrainian prosecutor who claimed the Obama administration interfered with anti-corruption cases involving high-profile people, including Biden’s son Hunter. Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, trumpeted Solomon’s work on cable news. The Hill articles are now a central component of the Trump impeachment investigation.

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Forget the politics — for now: Follow the flowing money in the Ukraine scandal

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The Ukraine scandal is mostly viewed through the prism of politics — an attempt by President Donald Trump to gain an advantage over a political opponent. But, as most things are, it’s also about money — and we found lots of it flowing between key players in the scandal.

On this week’s episode of “Trump, Inc.,” we follow the money.

First, Let’s Meet Our Cast of Ukraine Players

Richest among them is Dmitry Firtash, an oligarch who has been battling to avoid an extradition flight to Chicago, where he faces federal charges of bribery. The Department of Justice has described Firtash as an “upper-echelon” associate “of Russian organized crime.” (He denies the charges and says the prosecution is politically motivated.)

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Televised impeachment hearings mattered during Watergate — but they may not today: John Dean associate

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I started a continuing legal education program with John Dean in 2011. We have done over one-hundred-and-fifty programs across the nation since then.

Our first program was about obstruction of justice and how Dean, as Nixon’s White House Counsel, navigated the stormy waters when he turned on the president and became history’s most important whistleblower. Unlike the current whistleblower, Dean had been involved in the cover-up, but ultimately decided he had to end the criminal activity in the White House, with no assurance of anonymity and with the almost certain expectation that he was blowing himself up in the process.

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